Alex Neil rules out a Norwich City hangover after meek FA Cup exit to Manchester City
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Alex Neil insists Norwich City's tame FA Cup exit to Manchester City will not harm their Premier League survival bid.
The Canaries travel to Stoke City on Wednesday and rivals Bournemouth this coming weekend looking to pull further clear of the relegation places after falling at the first hurdle in the FA Cup.
'I don't think there will be any hangovers whatsoever from this game,' pledged Neil, after his side's 3-0 defeat. 'When you know three points are at stake and Premier League survival is at stake that will quickly get you back focused.
'We recognised it was a cup tie against one of the best teams in the league and we made a lot of changes. The league is our priority and I have never said anything different. It is finished, we need to concentrate on Wednesday.
'I just got a sense there was a wee bit more of a relaxed feel to the build-up, because we were playing in the cup, and the intensity and the pressure that is on the boys to pick up points wasn't quite there. It will certainly be there after this game. Wednesday and Saturday is the true test for us.'
Sergio Aguero's brilliant first half strike and assist for Kelechi Iheanacho effectively ended Norwich's hopes of an FA Cup run before Kevin De Bruyne added a late third.
'There won't be any knock-on,' said Neil. 'The reason is we have changed the shape, changed the personnel and we have got players to come back in. If I put my strongest team out and we lost and then we lose on Wednesday, because we are a touch fatigued, then we go into a massive game on the following Saturday not in great shape. We'll now have a lot of guys who will be fresh who were not involved who can give their all. We made seven changes, that is three-quarters of the side, and some others only played out of necessity. If I am being honest we will forget this game, as of now.'
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